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Lameness Investigation

There are numerous causes of lameness and poor performance in horses, some of which can be diagnosed relatively easily and some of which cannot; in more complicated cases, detailed clinical evaluations and the use of advanced diagnostic techniques may be required.

  • We first need to localise the source (or sources) of lameness. Whilst our examinations will give us clues many lamenesses cannot be diagnosed simply by looking and feeling.

  • We use nerve and joint blocks to do this. A block is a small quantity of local anaesthetic placed strategically in the horses leg to sequentially numb regions of the limb - if only they could talk!

  • Once we have identified the area to focus on we can then take images, normally using either ultrasonography or radiography.

  • Finally, we collate all the information we've gathered to give you a diagnosis, recommend treatment options and inform you of the likely prognosis.

The Process